Academy apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather

The Academy issued a public apology to Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American activist and actress who was booed off the Oscars stage over 50 years ago

In 1973, she made an on-camera appearance to decline an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, who had won the category for best actor for The Godfather

Following her brief address at the awards, Littlefeather, who was 26 at the time, was heckled and shunned by the entertainment industry

Brando declined the award because the US film industry misrepresents Native Americans

Organizers claimed that her speech started a trend that has persisted to this day by making the first political comment at the televised ceremony

Littlefeather, according to the Academy, suffered "unwarranted and unjustified" torture

The production team for the awards ceremony instructed Littlefeather to keep Brando's remarks, which were substantially longer, to a maximum of 60 seconds